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DECATUR — Richland Community College officials said the campus' cafe has reopened after being shut down by the Macon County Health Department on Tuesday for health code violations. 

The cafe was closed after receiving a score of 58 out of 100 during a routine health inspection, according to the latest inspection scores provided to the Herald & Review on Friday. A score of 60 or below leads to an automatic closure. 

Tracy Withrow, Richland's director of marketing, said the health department reinspected the cafe Wednesday morning and it passed with a score of 100. However, she said, the cafe wasn't reopened until Thursday because its staff didn't have enough time to prepare food on Wednesday. 

Withrow said students were served doughnuts and pizza on Wednesday until the cafe reopened and returned to its normal operations on Thursday. 

Withrow declined to discuss the specifics of the report that led to the cafe's closure. The Herald & Review has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the Richland cafe's health inspection documents. 

"Everything was pretty straightforward," Withrow said of the initial inspection's findings. "The college thought it was very important to make a quick turnaround and make sure that we were able to open again."

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR


Public Safety Reporter

Public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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